Baseball Nov 22, 2013

Hanshin Tigers finalize deal with Korean closer Oh

The Hanshin Tigers said Friday they have reached an agreement to acquire Samsung Lions pitcher Oh Seung-hwan for next season. The 31-year-old righthander is the all-time saves leader in South Korean pro baseball with 277 and has represented his country at the World Baseball Classic. "The ...

Editorials Sep 27, 2011

Health side of tobacco tax

Health and welfare minister Yoko Komiyama on Sept. 9 said that the price of a pack of cigarettes should be raised ¥100 each year to around ¥700 at least and the jurisdiction of tobacco-related administration should be transferred from the Finance Ministry to her ...

Editorials Sep 24, 2011

Unrealistic promise on Futenma

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda met with the U.S. President Barack Obama for the first time Wednesday in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. While the two leaders agreed to deepen the alliance between Japan and the United States, Mr. Obama ...

Editorials Sep 11, 2011

The truly lost decade since 9/11

It has been a decade since 19 Islamic terrorists hijacked airplanes and flew them into U.S. landmarks. That savage attack marked the beginning of a new era in modern history. The decade has been marked by war, and the deepening of cleavages inside and ...

Editorials Aug 30, 2011

Mr. Biden goes to Asia

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden concluded a brief three-country tour of Asia that took him to China, Mongolia and Japan. While there is always some trepidation when Mr. Biden travels — while he is a genuine foreign policy expert, he has a tendency to ...